Preakness Stakes 2012: Bodemeiser Confirmed for the Preakness Stakes

Robin Jutkiewicz@EllaMentryBRCorrespondent IIIMay 14, 2012

LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 05:  Mario Gutierrez (L) comes down the final stretch atop I'll Have Another ahead of Bodemeister ridden by Mike Smith during the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby ahead of at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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I'll Have Another may need to ask the second place Kentucky Derby horse politely when it comes to the 2012 Preakness Stakes . Bodemeister is now confirmed as a contender according to The three-year-old is not giving up when it comes to winning at least one jewel of the Triple Crown, and who can blame him?

Bob Baffert is making a smart move to enter the colt, considering Union Rags is out, as is Dullahan. It now appears Hansen has dropped from the race as well, leaving a virtually untested Grade I herd in the mix.

Beyond the Derby contestants, only Cozzetti has any experience in a Grade I race, finishing fourth in the Arkansas Derby—yes, behind Bodemeister.

Bodemeister did not begin his racing career until mid-January 2012, and against all pundits' "can't be done" rantings, rode well in the 2012 Kentucky Derby. With five races, two wins and three second-place finishes all in five short months, will this horse be able to push even farther? It is a grueling schedule.

Kentucky Derby winner I'll Have Another has six races under his belt with four first-place finishes, the February Santa Anita Derby included. However, his racing regimen has been carefully spaced out with one month's resting period between contests.

The dichotomy between the two athletes is obvious. I'll Have Another is testing new waters in that his rest time is shortened by half. Bodemeister, while used to the taxing schedule, will need to prove it is in his best interest and not a shortfall.

At this point, it is anyone's guess.